Annual Report of the Blagotvoritel Foundation:

2008

Blagotvoritel Foundation sees the reason for its existence in the dissemination of good will in society. Bearing that in mind, we aim at activating the creative potential of the people we support, thus recognizing universal human values.

 

“Blagotvoritel” Foundation was set up with the aim of carrying out activities for public benefit. It is registered in the Company Dept. of Sofia City Court on 02.07.2004, No. 6521/2004. The Foundation is entered into the Central Register of non-profit legal entities, No. 20050623004; its aim is carrying out activities for public benefit. The official representative of the Foundation is Iva Petkova, Chair of the Managing Board.

 

The aims of the Foundation are: to help people in unfavourable circumstances by offering them material and spiritual support; helping specific activities and programmes of social, health and religious institutions directed at people in disadvantaged social circumstances, particularly children deprived of parental care, elderly, disabled and mentally handicapped persons; supporting the education of children and young people, including awarding scholarships or one-off aid for training and education; promoting a climate of better understanding and mutual assistance among people in society.

 

Founder:

Stoyko PetkovManager of Enco Vending Ltd and Managing Director of Uniconsulting JSC

 

Managing Board:

Iva PetkovaChair of the Managing Board, Sales Manager at S&B Industrial Minerals SA

Kamelia Toneva Sales Director of Enco Vending Ltd

Julian PekunovLawyer, trade and real estate law

 

Penka LazarovaCoordinator

Albena NikolovaAccountant

Ivan TachevSystem Administrator

 

Volunteers: Yordan Gavazov, Hristina Kuncheva, Palma Nikleva,

 

Address:

1407 Sofia, Hladilnika, 21 Srebarna Street, floor 3

Tel. + 359 (02) 962-12-20

www.blagotvoritel.org

office@blagotvoritel.org

 

The Foundation is a full member of the Bulgarian Donors’ Forum.

 

The main projects on which the Foundation focused over the year were related to supporting children deprived of parental care living in Sofia and the rest of the country. These were long-term projects united by the idea of activating the creative potential of the participating children so that they experience successful integration into society.

 

Long-term projects:

 

Social and Vocational Adaptation

Aim: To support young people, raised at institutions for children deprived of parental care in Sofia, who are coming of age, successfully pass the transition period between living in an institution and independent life, by providing them with additional vocational qualifications and supporting them find suitable jobs.

Start date: February 2005

Scope: young people from the P.R Slaveykov, Hristo Botev, and Assen Zlatarov homes and SOS Children’s Villages Sofia, as well as young people from socially disadvantaged background.

Results: Seven young people from the P.R Slaveykov, Hristo Botev, and Assen Zlatarov homes and SOS Children’s Villages Sofia, as well as from the Ana Gizdova and Vassil Petleshkov homes in Bratsigovo, took part in various vocational training courses such as: driving (2), massage(2), and welding (3). The young people were supported in their search of jobs by referring them to agencies, employers, friends and contacts.

Over the period of 3 years the project has provided vocational training opportunities for 63 young people from the Sofia homes and young people from socially disadvantaged families; some of these young people were supported in finding jobs.

The expenditure on vocational training under the project amounts to 3049 leva.

 

                             

 

On the Web

Aim: To give children growing up without parental care, aged 7 – 18, the opportunity to have access to IT and the Internet, to overcome social isolation and have better opportunities for success on personal and vocational levels.

Start date: May 2005

Обхват: Twenty-one internet clubs were set up at the following homes: P.R Slaveykov, Hristo Botev, Assen Zlatarov, and one of the houses of residences of SOS Children’s villages Bulgaria in Sofia, St. Ivan Rilski in the village of Razliv, Konstantsa Lyapcheva in Dolna Banya, Ana Gizdova and Vassil Petleshkov in Bratisgovo, Ludogorie in Isperih, Lubcho Barumov in the village of Doganovo, Assen Zlatarov in Yakoruda, St. Nikolay Mirlikijski in Blagoevgrad, Tanju Voivoda in Assenovgrad, the home in Velingrad, Rada Kirkovich, Knyaginja Maria Luiza and Olga Skobeleva in Plovdiv. The following new homes joined the network of 17 clubs set up and maintained by the Foundation: Bulgarka, Maria Tereziya, Teofano Popova in Stara Zagora, and the St. Nikolay Home for orphans in Novi Han.

Results: More than 1400 children living in institutions were given access to the internet. The site www.vmreja.com, including forum and сhat options, enables children and their educators exchange useful current information.

The market value of the total expenditure for services and materials under the project amounts to 14467 leva.

 

                               

Higher Grades at School

Aim: To encourage the efforts and aspirations towards knowledge of children growing up without parental care in the social homes in Sofia by the provision of monthly scholarships for achievement of grades higher than 4.5 and 5.5 (the top grade at school being 6.00).

Start date: February 2005

Scope: pupils form grades 7 to 13, raised at the P.R Slaveykov and Hristo Botev homes and SOS Children’s Villages Bulgaria, Sofia.

Results: Thirty scholarships were granted over the year: 19 for grades above 5.50 and 11 for grades above 4.5; participant children living in homes were motivated to achieve better at school. The amount of monthly scholarships was raised as from the second semester of the academic year – 25 leva for grades above 4.5 and 35 leva – for grades above 5.5. Two university students raised at the Hristo Botev home started receiving monthly scholarships of 80 leva each as from October; a student at the New Bulgarian University received a three-month scholarship of 45 leva.

The total annual expenditure under the project was 3330 leva.

 

                                                 

 

Creating My Own Life

Aim of the project: To support young people, raised without parental care, achieve quality social adaptation during their transition from life in an institution to independent life.

Целева група: thirty young people of varied social and ethnic background, aged 16 – 18, from the P.R Slaveykov, Hristo Botev, and Assen Zlatarov homes in Sofia, SOS Children’s Villages in Sofia and the Ludogorie home in Isperih.

Stages: the project achieves the above aims by means of three main education and training modules: “Learning about myself” – a psychological training module, “I need a job” – proactive labor market skills training module, and “My profession” – choice and participation in a suitable vocational training course. Successful graduates of the vocational courses receive certificates which give their holders better chances in fining a job.

Duration: the project developed over the period 01.10.2008 г. - 31.05.2009

Funding: the project budget amounts to 27 055 leva; 25 701 leva being funding form the State Budget for 2008 under Act Nr. 174 of the Council of Ministers of 15 July 2008. The following types of courses were funded: cookery (for 4 people), driving (for 3 people), for the amount of 3000 leva; a psychology training course took place as well.

 

                             

 

Bridge to the World

Aim of the project: to provide support to young people who have reached maturity experience a successful social and vocational transition from institutionalized to independent life through the setting up of a “protected home”.

Target group: six young people from various social and ethnic background from the P.R Slaveykov and Assen Zlatarov homes in Sofia.

Developments: the project supports the holistic development of young people’s potential over the period of 12 months, but the Foundation team aims to have it continued further on, relying on state funding and have it established as a long-term quality social service. The “Bridge to the World” project is supported by the Co-operating Netherlands Foundations Programme for Central and Eastern Europe represented by the Tulip Foundation – an organization which provides half of the necessary funding. At this stage the Foundation faces the challenge of identifying suitable municipal housing, available for a period of at least five years, in order to start the project at the end of 2009.

 

Establishing a Social Services Centre in the Municipality of Bratsigovo

Aim: Restructuring of the Ana Gizdova social institution for children into a Social Services Centre for children and families at risk living in the Municipality of Bratsigovo.

Target groups: children and young people who have spent long periods of time at the Ana Gizdova home; children at risk of abandonment and their families, living in the Municipality of Bratsigovo.

Duration: the project duration was one year: 27.11.2008 - 27.11.2009 г.

Funding: the project was funded under Phare programme BG 2006/018-343.01.01 - Deinstitutionalization through provision of community based services for risk groups with a budget of 89 654.05 Euro.

 

Donations outside the projects

The Foundation supported people with one-off or monthly payments. The total amount provided for medical treatment was 3080 leva.

Ten maple trees were planted around the Universiada hall by young people form the P.R. Slaveykov, Hirsto Botev, and SOS Children’s Villages homes in Sofia. The Foundation paid 498 leva for 5 trees.

The Foundation paid half of the fees for 2 young people form the P.R. Slaveykov home in Sofia to take part in the school graduation party - 100 leva.

The winners of the “The Happiest Moments in My Life”, “My Dream for Christmas”, What Do I Want Changed”, and “What Can I Change About Myself” competitions received MP4 players and other prizes - 354 leva.

Three young people were supported to take part in an international exchange program in Belgium and Ireland – 360 leva for administrative expenses and pocket money.

The mothers looking after young children at the St. Nikolay home for orphans in Novi Han received disposable nappies and disposable wet towels for 268 leva, as well as push chairs, clothes and shoes.

The young disabled children from the Louis Braille school for the visually impaired received toys - 188.88 leva.

The Foundation paid for the tuition of two children at the French school in Sofia 10 208 leva.

The sum total of donations was 15047 leva.

 

                             

 

The total sum of donations provided to individuals and institutions under the various projects was 38 903 leva. This amount does not include the cost of organizing training and education sessions, halls rent, and administration.

 

Donors

The activities of the Blagotvoritel Foundation are fully financed by its founder – Mr. Stoyko Petkov, Manager of Enco Vending Ltd and Managing Director of Uniconsulting JSC, as well as by other supporters - individual donors and companies such as Enco Vending Ltd, Amuteh Ltd., Hermes Intel, Lukoil Bulgaria JSC, Vitagrain BG, S&B Industrial Minerals SA, Ergotrak Ltd, the Bulgarian Association for Information Technologies and others.

 

Our experience shows that businesses and individuals in this country are able of expressing social responsibility when they are presented with clearly formulated causes and when effective mechanisms of implementation and control of the activities are employed.